Trudeau government hiking taxes on smokes, booze in federal budget

Canadians who drink, smoke and rely on public transit will be paying more thanks to changes in the federal budget.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Ottawa is raising taxes on tobacco and alcohol.

The Liberals are also eliminating the tax credit for commuters who buy a transit pass, a change that takes effect July 1.

And the government is making changes to ensure that ride-sharing services like Uber are charging GST and HST, just like regular taxis.

Ottawa is also taking a look at how wealthy professionals like doctors and lawyers use private corporations to reduce their taxes.

And it's setting aside even more money to chase down tax cheats, budgeting an additional half a billion dollars over five years to beef up the compliance arm of the Canada Revenue Agency.

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